Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity

Biological diversity refers to all living organisms, their genetic material and the ecosystems of which they are a part. It is usually described at three levels: genetic, species, and ecosystem. Biological diversity is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture and world food security. The loss of cultural diversity (including languages) and traditional knowledge -- of farm communities and indigenous cultures -- is intricately linked to the loss of biological diversity. Indigenous peoples and farming communities are the creators, custodians and continuing innovators of biological knowledge and resources. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (often referred to as the CBD or Biodiversity Convention) is a legally-binding framework for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

News and Reports about Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity

Peasant-led Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Feeds the World 18 Feb 2019
Landmark Convention on Biological Diversity decision calls on governments to conduct strict risk assessments and seek indigenous and local peoples’ consent ahead of potential release of ‘exterminator’ technology. 29 Nov 2018
CSOs urge African governments to support moratorium 19 Nov 2018
20 years after suicide seeds, civil society mobilizes in Egypt this week to stop the sequel – Gene Drive Organisms 15 Nov 2018
How Gene Drive Organisms Could Entrench Industrial Agriculture and Threaten Food Sovereignty 16 Oct 2018
New Report exposes how a controversial genetic forcing technology is targeting the farm 16 Oct 2018
Regulatory change would spread modified genetic traits to wild organisms 22 Feb 2018
New report from ETC Group tells a shocking tale of two food systems 16 Oct 2017
The Peasant Food Web vs. the Industrial Food Chain 15 Oct 2017